AES Panama awarded first as Good Corporate Citizen

"Preparandome con Energia" generated opportunities for more than 900 people in Bocas del Toro

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fuente: AES Panamá

AES Panama has been awarded by the American Chamber of Commerce in Panama as Good Corporate Citizen for its training, entrepreneurship and labor inclusion program “Preparandome con Energía”.
The execution of this program has resulted in the hiring of more than 900 people from Bocas del Toro, who since November 2011 to this date have been recruited by Grupo Unidos por el Canal to occupy jobs at the expansion of the Panama Canal. Also Petroterminal and Suez Energy have hired labor for their operations located in Chiriquí Grande and Gualaca respectively.
“Preparándome con Energía” was implemented in the province of Bocas del Toro with the purpose of facilitating the employment of qualified and semi qualified labor that participated in the construction of Changuinola I, providing them opportunities through contact with potential employers, in this case, companies with needs and personnel demand for their projects, while procuring the perdurability of the of the improvements in the quality of life perceived through the economic impact generated by this construction.
“Preparándome con Energía is a program that makes us deeply proud as it brings together the interest of the people of Bocas del Toro to improve their opportunities and quality of life and the interest of AES to install capacities for their future, as well as the interest of many actors and companies in Panama’s progress”, said Derek Porter, country manager for AES Panama.

The program, which required and estimate of 790 man hours invested in planning, logistics, promotion and execution, was implemented in three phases that consisted in four days of training sessions, job fair and the building of data base with 2,500 people among workers of CCW, the main contractor in Changuinola I, AES personnel in Changuinola and direct vendors that ended their commitment to AES.

For the execution of this project, AES engaged in an alliance with the Technological University of Panama in Changuinola and the Bocas del Toro Chamber of Commerce. Also, stands out the participation of Felipe Rodriguez, entrepreneur and director of Fundacion EMPRETEC, who spoke about entrepreneurship from his experience in the private sector and his foundation.

Pressrelase of AES Panamá
published by Susana Marina Lezcano

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